Online pedophile ring: 82 arrested in crackdown

2017-10-20 19:10
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Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian police said on Friday they have arrested 82 people connected to an internet pedophile ring in an operation conducted alongside US authorities.

More than 1 100 agents took part in what federal police said was "one of the biggest operations in the world".

Searches were conducted across 24 states and the capital Brasilia - almost the entire country.

"Suspects were caught red handed with pornographic material of a pedophile nature seized from their computers or mobile phones," a spokesperson for the justice ministry told AFP.

More arrests could come, he said.

The raids followed a six-month investigation also involving the US embassy in Brazil and US immigration authorities.

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